HIGH SPEEDS, HIGH ENERGY, HIGH PASSION: WELCOME TO MONZA’S ‘TEMPLE’.
• In 2017, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo used an alternative soft-supersoft strategy (with a late pit stop) to finish 4th making up 12 places in the race after picking up grid penalties. He also set fastest lap.
• Although the cars are faster than they have ever been, this speed increase comes in the corners, so the benefits aren’t always obvious at Monza, which is dominated by straights.
• The weather is usually dry and warm, although heavy rain affected qualifying last year.
• Teams run a special low downforce package at Monza to reduce drag on the long straights.
“At Monza we have the same nomination as Belgium the weekend before: another rapid and historic Formula 1 venue. Monza is all about longitudinal rather than lateral forces though, where engine power also plays an important part. The latest generation of cars means that speeds will be generally even higher, while the compound nomination is effectively one step softer this season. It’s going to be interesting to see which effect this has, at a race that has always been won with a one-stopper over the past few years. Although qualifying well at Monza is historically important, Daniel Ricciardo’s impressive performance last year showed how strategy can make a vital difference. We’ve already seen plenty of variation in the tyres that the teams have selected for the weekend, which demonstrates some different schools of thought when it comes to tyre strategy.”
• Among the top three teams there’s a wide divergence in the tyres chosen: all six Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers have made different choices.
• Milan hosts a new F1 fan festival during the Italian Grand Prix weekend, including entertainment and a live F1 car demo, in the Navigli district of the city.
• The Pirelli Hot Laps programme resumes, featuring supercars on Pirelli tyres.
• After the Italian Grand Prix, Pirelli’s 2019 development programme continues at Paul Ricard in France with McLaren from September 5-6, assessing wet tyres.